The Victoria Bikers’ Pub
Head over to this bike-mad boozer on a Thursday night for classic rock and lots of metal
OK, The Victoria Bikers Pub might not have Loomies’ contemporary cool or the slick professional veneer of the Ace Café. But it’s amazingly popular; the vast range of visitors from as far as New Zealand proved its appeal to Leicestershire County Council, who awarded it official tourist destination status in 2010. There’s the capacity to camp or rent a room for the night, for those recovering from too many miles or pints. An ever-changing calendar of live bands and vintage vehicle meets welcomes riders every night of the week, but I’m here for ‘The Big One’: Thursday night, where from 6pm year round there’s anything from a handful of motorbikes in the worst weather, to over 500 on a summer scorcher.
When I visited, hundreds of bikers packed the Vic’s grounds as rooftop speakers flood the air with classic rock. People-friendly, eager to approach and be approached, and the variety of bikes is astounding.
I was enveloped by the relaxed, happy crowd, cracking jokes with regular locals and touring Germans, ogling the stunning range of machinery, grinning and groaning at the cheesy classics echoing from the roof, scoffing £2.50 hotdogs from the cabin manned by friendly landlord John. Yes, the Victoria is characterful rather than classy; and that’s exactly the appeal that has kept its bike night going strong over 20 years.
Fag on, motor running, that’s Vic If it has two wheels it is always welcome